Getting Ready for Sunday | 11/18/2018
We will gather together again on Sunday, November 18th at 4pm for the Holy Eucharist. Take a little time as we approach Sunday, read below, and prepare your heart for worship.
Endure the Struggle is the broad theme of the sermon and our lessons, especially the lesson from Hebrews chapter 10. In the sermon we will look at the struggle of faith, which is the struggle to trust in the holy God we cannot see while we are surrounded by the visible distractions of our fallen selves in the midst of our fallen world.
However, as we are taught in Hebrews 2:9, while we do not yet see everything we will see, "we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one."
Seeing Jesus, we follow Jesus, just as he invites us to do.
"Come them, follow, seek him; do not let that unapproachable brightness and glory hold you back from seeking him or make you despair of finding him. 'If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes' (Mk. 9:23). 'The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' (Rom. 10:8). Believe, and you have found him. The faithful know that Christ dwells in their hearts by faith (Eph. 3:17). What could be nearer? Therefore seek him confidently, seek him faithfully, 'The Lord is good to the soul who seeks him' (Lam. 3:25). Seek him in your prayers, follow him in your actions, find him in faith."
-St. Bernard of Clairvaux, quoted in The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin.
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
We are continuing to sing Matt Maher's setting of the Gloria.
One of the principle parts of our worship, the Gloria is a set poem of praise either recited or sung by the people. It is recited or sung following the Collect (or prayer) for Purity and Summary of the Law and prior to the Collect (or prayer) of the Day. Echoing the worship of the heavens, it is an element of prayerful and joyous preparation for hearing the Word of God proclaimed from the Scriptures and in the sermon.
This will be the last week we sing the Gloria as we refrain from singing it in the season of Advent. The season of Lent is the other season in which the Gloria is not said or sung.
Additional worship songs for this week are on the playlist below.